<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usTue, 03 May 2016 07:29:52 -0700Tue, 03 May 2016 07:29:52 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[American Serviceman Killed in Combat in Iraq]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 05:50:02 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/carter-AP_16119550975525-%281%29.jpg

An American serviceman has been killed in combat in Iraq, Defense Secretary Ash Carter confirmed Tuesday, NBC News reported. 

Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said he was killed near Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city that has been in the hands of ISIS militants since 2014, according to The Associated Press. U.S. military officials told NBC News that the American was killed by direct fire about 2 to 3 miles behind the Peshmerga's forward line after ISIS fighters breached the position .

"It is a combat death," Carter told reporters in Germany, the AP reported.

Another American, Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler, was killed in October during a daring raid to rescue ISIS hostages.



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<![CDATA[Brothers Arraigned for Killing, Torture of Homeless Man]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 19:41:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/05022016-BPreston-Mostrong-Austin-Mostrong-Arraignment.jpg

Two brothers accused of torturing and killing a homeless man found in a riverbed in Santee, California, pleaded not guilty to murder, torture and kidnapping charges in court Monday.

George Lowery, 50, was beaten with "fists and feet" in an assault that homicide investigators describe as "a very horrific event." He was hospitalized with head injuries after his wife found him unconscious April 24, face down under a piece of plywood near Chubb Lane and N. Magnolia Avenue. Lowery died five days later.

Brothers Preston Mostrong, 19, and Austin Mostrong, 20, are accused in the killing, facing criminal charges including robbery, kidnapping, torture and murder. They pleaded not guilty through their attorney Monday and denied all charges. The two were held on $3 million bond.

Lowery's family and other witnesses said the attack was in retaliation after Lowery tried to stop the brothers from bullying homeless people. Lowery and his wife lived in a homeless encampment in the area.

An altercation unfolded between Austin Mostrong and another resident of the river bottom on April 20, deputies said. Lowery did not fight with Austin Mostrong but may have been involved, according to investigators. He was found beaten four days later.

"We don’t believe this is a random act," said Lt. Kenneth Nelson, of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Detail. "We believe he was targeted."

Physical evidence at the scene and witness statements led investigators to the brothers, Nelson said.

No motive was given in court, but the prosecutor said both defendants admitted to taking part in the beating.

At the time of the arraignment, the Mostrong brothers were out on probation, one for theft and the other for misdemeanor assault. 

Family members of the victim and those of the defendants were present for the emotionally charged hearing. At one point, the defendants' family sobbed. Lowery's wife also appeared distraught as the arraignment unfolded.

Defense attorneys asked the judge to prevent the public from seeing their clients in court. Prosecutor George Modlin fought the request, arguing the brothers made statements that placed them at the scene.

"This was a brutal, heinous, just cold-hearted case, and as the evidence comes out, I’d say the murder charges and the torture charges are very much warranted in this case," said Modlin.

In a post on an online fundraising site, Lowery's family described him as someone who didn't have much but still managed to help others.

"If someone was in need he would do what he could to help, no matter how hard the task. If he came across good fortune, he shared it," they wrote.

Anyone with information about the incident can call the homicide detail at 858-974-2321 or after hours at 858-565-5200.



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<![CDATA[Undercover Cop Targeted in Shooting: SDPD]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 07:08:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/jamacha-shooting-050316.jpg

An undercover San Diego Police detective escaped injury when shots were fired at his unmarked vehicle while he was investigating gang activity in Jamacha Lomita Monday.

Officers received a call of multiple gunshots near Glencoe Drive and Jamacha Boulevard at 10:45 p.m.

A driver opened fire at the plainclothes detective sitting inside an unmarked car. The detective wasn't injured during the shooting however there were several bullet holes left in the detective’s car.

SDPD patrol cars arrived and stopped the suspect vehicle as it was traveling west on Jamacha Boulevard.

One man jumped out of the car and began running through backyards.

One officer fired his weapon at the suspect but it's not known if the man was injured, SDPD officials said in a written news release.

Two men and one woman were taken into custody, police said. One suspect was still outstanding. The woman has been identified as 31-year-old Kimberly Denise Hooker. She's been booked on a charge of attempted murder, police said.

The two men were not identified. They are facing weapon charges and a probation violation, police said.

The investigation has closed off a large stretch of Jamacha Road near Beacon.

Neighbors heard the shooting and police activity overnight.

SDPD officials say the officer who fired his weapon feared for his life at the time of the shooting. He has been identified only as an 8-year veteran of the department.

No other information was immediately available.



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<![CDATA[Stabbing Death of Man Walking Home Was Hate Crime: SDSO]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 17:36:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/hugh+pettigrew.JPG

Sheriff's investigators say a man randomly stabbed while walking home alone in Fallbrook in January was a hate crime, and three men now behind bars attacked him because of the color of his skin. 

Hugh Pettigrew, 33, died on Feb. 9 after succumbing to stabbing wounds suffered on Jan. 22, San Diego County Sheriff's investigators said. 

Kevin Garcia, Tyler Dean and Ryan Valdez were charged with murder, criminal gang acitivity and hate crime Monday, San Diego Sheriff's deputies (SDSO) announced Monday. Garcia and Dean were in custody on unrelated charges and were rebooked. Valdez was arrested and booked into the Vista Detention Facility.

“You had three individuals that are known documented gang members that are out on the street late at night they see this individual walking down the street late at night again, based on part of their motive, would have been the race of Mr. Pettigrew and decided to attack him," said SDSO Lt. Kenneth Nelson.

The arrests come after months of uncertainty for family members and friends, who pleaded for answer's in their loved one's death. 

Sheriff's investigators say the 33-year-old man was walking home along the 400 block of Ammunition Road in Fallbrook on Jan. 22 when he was stabbed multiple times. Investigators say the wounded man was able to stumble to his nearby home where he collapsed.

SDSO detectives were investigating the death for months. Part of that investigation, they said, was surveillance video from nearby businesses that shows three men--believed to be in their late teens or early twenties--wanted in connection with Pettigrew's murder.

Nelson said he believes the three people seen on the surveillance tape are, in fact, the people they arrested. He said there was a myriad of evidence, including witness statements and forensic evidence, and it took a while to put all the pieces together.

In the surveillance video, the men are seen exiting a red, 1997 Honda Civic, driven by a woman who parked in an Albertson's parking lot.

Homicide detectives say the trio of men headed to the side of the grocery store toward the area where Pettigrew was stabbed around 10:45 p.m. Pettigrew died from his injuries nearly three weeks after the attack.

Family members and friends previously told NBC 7 the death was a tragedy, but they were thankful they knew him. 

“He got me through a lot of stuff in life,” Sherry Weevie said of her friend through her tears. "Weevie still remembers the dance moves Pettigrew taught her to do whenever she was feeling bad.

“He looked out for everybody and made sure everybody was okay,” friend Sonya Menard recalled. “That's why it kind of hurt, I felt like nobody was there for him in his time of need."



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<![CDATA[Salon Owner Hopes Video Nabs 'Slob Burglar']]> Tue, 03 May 2016 07:19:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Carmel+Mountain+Burglary+Suspect.jpg

Surveillance video shows a man shining a flashlight through the glass front door of Couture Hair Bar & Spa in Carmel Mountain Ranch just after 3 a.m. last Friday.

Seconds later the intruder disappears from view and returns with a crowbar smashing through the glass. He then heads straight for the cash register behind the reception counter and takes the drawer with him, dragging cables and items behind him as he leaves.

“He puts his shirt over his mouth area, but you can see very visual characteristics” said Amy Bailey, the salon’s owner.

Bailey gave the video to NBC 7 San Diego in hopes that someone will recognize the man.

The burglar’s overweight build and hair style, balding on top and shoulder length on the bottom, give him a few distinguishing characteristics.

"I’m sitting there watching the video feeling so violated. How can some human do that to somebody else?" said Bailey.

She nicknamed the intruder the “slob robber” based on his appearance and the mess he created in about 20 seconds.

Bailey believes the criminal is experienced based on how quickly he gets in and out.

If there’s one thing that makes her feel better about the ordeal, it’s that the man got away with a cash register drawer full of small coins.

She emptied the drawer of cash the night before.

If you have any information, you are asked to contact police.

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<![CDATA[Residents Want Less Motorcycle Noise in Del Mar]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 19:19:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Del+Mar+Motorcycle+Noise1.jpg

Some residents in Del Mar say they are tired of hearing loud motorcycles in their community and want to find a solution to decrease the noise.

The issue goes up before the Del Mar City Council during Monday night’s meeting.

It was first brought up during a city council meeting on April 22nd. Members of the community say the noise has been getting worse over the years and it’s especially bad on the weekends.

Council members asked the Sheriff's Department to help enforce noise ordinances while they try to work out a solution to the issue.

Kris Nelson, owner of La Boutique on Camino del Mar says motorcyclists ride through by the dozens at times, setting off car alarms as they ride by.

Nelson says the glass display cases in her store rattle and if a large group rides by, she has to stop speaking with customers until it quiets down.

"The reason they have those engines is because they like the noise,” she said.

She says she doesn’t want to stop anyone from having fun but the noise does impact everyone. And she is glad to hear council has some solutions.

"It would be great if they would try something but I'm not sure necessarily what that solution is." 

Another man tells NBC 7 the loud noise is disturbing especially late at night and early in the morning.

Potential solutions would be to make certain north and southbound road quiet zones and add roundabouts to slow traffic.

But Nelson says speed isn’t necessarily what causes the loudness. It’s the riders revving their engines.

“When they come in groups, there is easily 25 plus at a time that will go through here,” she said.

Another woman who frequents Del Mar says she understands motorcyclists like be out enjoying the scenic drive through Del Mar and hopes a solution that makes everyone happy can be found.



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<![CDATA[69-Foot Tall Beer Tanks Arrive in Port of San Diego]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 18:29:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ballast+point+giant+beer+tanks.jpg

Four 69-foot tall beer tanks arrived at the Port of San Diego Thursday for Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits.

The 24-ton fermentation and storage tanks will be used to brew all of the main production beers at its Miramar brewery, including Sculpin IPA and its flagship beer.

All four tanks were manufactured in Ludwigsburg, Germany.

The company had previously shipped most of its equipment through Long Beach before having it driven to San Diego, according to a Port of San Diego press release.

“We are fortunate to have experienced rapid growth recently, and with that we must keep up with increased distribution. We are constantly adding new tanks and equipment to expand production at our main Miramar brewery,” said Hilary Cocalis, Vice President of Marketing for Ballast Point.

Miramar is the company’s main production facility.

Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits also has locations in Little Italy, Scripps Ranch and Home Brew Mart and a tasting room in Temecula.



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<![CDATA[Scientists Find Earth-Sized Planets Orbiting Sun 40 Light Years Away]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 09:51:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Trappist_Sun-UCSD-04272016.jpg

An international team of astrophysicists have discovered three Earth-sized planets orbiting near the habitable zone of a dwarf star only 40 light years away from our Earth.

The nearby discovery, detailed in the latest edition of Nature, means astronomers will one day be able to study the composition of the planets and their atmospheres in search for chemical signs of life.

“The kind of planets we've found are very exciting from the perspective of searching for life in the universe beyond Earth,” said Adam Burgasser, a professor of physics at UC San Diego’s Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences and a key participant of the international team, in a statement.

UC San Diego (UCSD) astrophysicists worked with team members from across the globe in Chile, tracking the star’s light moment-to-moment over the course of 62 nights last September to December. Scientists used a TRAPPIST (TRAnsiting Planets and PlanetesImals Small Telescope) at the La Silla Observatory is Chile.

When astrophysicists look another look using larger telescopes, they found the planets orbiting the ultracool dwarf star were similarly sized to Earth.

Two of the planets have orbital periods of approximately 1.5 days and 2.4 days respectively. The third planet has an orbital period between 4.5 and 73 days.

“With such short orbital periods, the planets are between 20 and 100 times closer to their star than the Earth to the Sun,” said Gillon in a statement. “The structure of this planetary system is much more similar in scale to the system of Jupiter’s moons than to that of the Solar System.”

The star in the system, TRAPPIST-1, is cool, red, dim and so small it is invisible to most telescopes. The star is a little larger than Jupiter in diameter and half the temperature of our sun.

"While such a ‘cold’ star might sound exotic, many, if not most, of the stars in our Milky Way Galaxy are of this cool, red, small and dim variety,” Burgasser said. “If Earth-like planets around these stars turn out to be common, there may be many more habitable planets out there than current estimates predict.”

The inner planets may have rocky surfaces and, because of their close orbit to their star, only receive four times and twice, respectively, the amount of radiation received by Earth. They lie just inside the habitable zone, an orbital distance where surface water and life is likely. The outer planet may still lie within the habitable zone, but scientists do not know enough about its orbit yet.

“Fortunately, we may be able to answer these questions in the near future, as the geometry of the system makes it likely that we will be able to detect the atmospheric gases of these planets in the next decade with the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope,” Burgasser said. “This facility will allow us to search for biogenic gases--oxygen or methane for example--that would firmly indicate the presence of life, or search for other gas species that would tell us about the planets' compositions, geothermal activity and evolutionary history.”

The team is led by Michael Gilleon of the University of Liege, Belgium. It involves researchers at UCSD, MIT, NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge, England, and the Indian Institute of Astrophysics in Bangalore, India.



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<![CDATA[Deputies Investigating Double Stabbing in Fallbrook]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 22:31:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/San-Diego-Sheriff-Generic-0806152.jpg

Sheriff's Deputies were on the scene of a double stabbing in Fallbrook Monday night.

It happened at approximately 9:52 p.m. on South Vine Street near East Clemmens Lane.

Two victims with possible stab wounds were being transported to Palomar Hospital, North Comm Fire Department confirms.

No other information was immediately available.

Check back for updates on this breaking news story. 



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<![CDATA[Baby in Backseat Survives Street Racing Crash]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 14:27:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Street-racing-baby-0502.jpg

A father with his baby in the backseat was arrested Monday after a high-speed chase ended in a crash.

A California Highway Patrol officer spotted two cars preparing to race on northbound Interstate 15 near Market Street.

The CHP officer followed the white Honda Civic traveling at speeds of 100 miles per hour, officials said.

The officer tried to stop the driver but he kept driving until he exited on University Avenue and crashed into another driver at an estimated 60 miles an hour.

The impact flipped over the other driver's car. A 30-year-old woman and her two dogs were not harmed, officials said.

The 6-month-old baby's mother arrived to the crash scene and was visibly upset. The infant was not injured, officials said.

CHP investigators handcuffed the father after they say they found an open container and marijuana in his vehicle.

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<![CDATA[Ted Cruz Says Young Heckler Deserves a Spanking]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 10:34:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ted-cruz1.jpg

Ted Cruz responded to a young heckler who yelled out "you suck" during a campaign event in Indiana by telling the child that such an outburst would land him a spanking in the Cruz household.

The heckler, described by an NBC reporter as a boy who appeared to be 10 years old, interrupted Cruz as he was speaking in La Porte on Sunday.

"Apparently there is a young man who is having some problems," Cruz said.

The person could then be heard yelling, "You suck!"

"Thank you son. You know I appreciate you sharing your views," Cruz responded. "You know, one of the things that hopefully someone has told you is that children should actually speak with respect."

The audience roared its approval as Cruz, a father of two, continued to riff on his parenting views.

"Imagine what a different world it would be if someone had told Donald Trump that years ago," he said. "You know, in my household, when a child behaved that way, they’d get a spanking."

Cruz faces a key vote in Tuesday's key Indiana primary against front-runner Trump, who has a 15-point lead in the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll.



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<![CDATA[Navy Tests Unmanned Ship ]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 15:57:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/unmanned-ship-Darpa-pic.jpg

The military is launching tests on the world's largest unmanned surface vessel -- a self-driving, 132-foot ship designed to travel thousands of miles out at sea without a single crew member on board.

The so-called "Sea Hunter" has the potential to revolutionize not only the military's maritime service but commercial shipping -- marking the first step toward sending unmanned cargo vessels between countries, according to military officials, who showed off the ship in San Diego on Monday before it was put in the water.

The Pentagon's research arm, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, developed the ship along with Virginia-based Leidos. DARPA will test it in conjunction with a team from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) over the next two years off California's coast. The tests will largely focus on its ability to react on its own to avoid collisions with seafaring traffic.

“I feel fantastic. I mean it’s really quite exciting to be able to be part of the showcasing event with the navy,” said Jerry Dejaco, a representative from SPAWAR.

During the testing phase, the ship will have human operators as a safety net, but once it proves to be reliable, the autonomous surface vessel will maneuver itself -- able to go out at sea for months at a time.

Program manager Scott Littlefield said there will be no "remote-controlled driving of the vessel," instead it will be given its mission-level commands telling it where to go and what to accomplish and then software will enable it to drive itself safely.

The military initially built the diesel-powered ship to detect stealthy electric submarines, but developers say they believe it has the capability to go beyond that, including doing mine sweeps. There are no plans at this point to arm it.

"There are a lot of advantages that we're still trying to learn about," Littlefield said.

Among them is the possibility that the full-size prototype could pave the way to developing crewless cargo vessels for the commercial shipping industry someday, he added.

The ship was built off the Oregon coast, and moved on a barge to San Diego's coastline to begin testing. The prototype can travel at a speed of up to 27 knots per hour, and is equipped with a variety of sensors and an advanced optical system to detect other ships, Littlefield said.

The program to develop the ship cost $120 million, though Littlefield said the vessels can now be produced for about $20 million.

During the collision tests, the ship will be programed to follow international traffic rules for boats of its size, Littlefield said. There are no standards for unmanned ships yet, but he believes that could change if vessels like this one make it out of the experimental stage.

“So we envision maybe several of these vessels going out with a carrier group and being able to run a perimeter and make sure that nothing dangerous gets through to our more valuable assets," said Jared Adams, Press Secretary of DARPA.

The Navy over the years has experimented with a number of unmanned systems -- from drone helicopters to small, remotely controlled boats launched from ships. The Pentagon's budget over the next five years calls for investing in more high-end Naval ships, including $600 million to be invested in unmanned undersea vehicles.



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<![CDATA[$543K Lottery Ticket Sold at Encinitas Store]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 11:52:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/generic+money+new.jpg

A Fantasy 5 ticket worth $543,579 has been sold at an Encinitas Vons store.

The ticket is the largest Fantasy 5 prize won so far this year in California, state lottery officials said.

The lucky ticket matched the winning numbers 19-23-32-35-36 and was sold at the Vons Grocery store at 453 Santa Fe Drive.

This is the largest Fantasy 5 prize won since the Oct. 2, 2015 prize worth $610,882 bestowed to a LA resident.

The winner has not yet come forward and has 180 days from the drawing, which was Feb. 2, to claim the money.

Lottery officials urge the winner to sign the back of their ticket in ink and contact the California Lottery or visit any of the nine Lottery district offices as soon as possible.



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<![CDATA[Tupac's Mother Dies]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 06:56:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/afeni-GettyImages-71836885.jpg

The mother of the late rapper Tupac Shakur has died in Sausalito, California, according to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office. She was 69.

Deputies responded to the home of Afeni Shakur Davis around 9:30 p.m. Monday, after receiving the report of a person possibly in cardiac arrest, according to Lt. Doug Pittman.

Davis was taken to the hospital, where she died about an hour later, Pittman said. The coroner’s office will lead the investigation into her death.

Born Alice Faye Williams in Lumberton, North Carolina, Davis was a reformed drug addict and member of the Black Panther Party, according to biographer Jasmine Guy. She served nearly a year in prison for allegedly conspiring to bomb police stations and department stories in New York City just before giving birth to Tupac in 1971. She served as her own defense attorney and was acquitted multiple times, according to an account of her trial in a book called The Briar Patch by former attorney Murray Kempton.

She was the subject of Tupac's Billboard hit "Dear Mama," released in 1995. Her fans on social media referenced that song in their tweets and posts.

Tupac, also known by his stage names 2Pac and Makaveli, was killed in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996. The hip-hop legend's best-selling albums include "All Eyez on Me" and "Greatest Hits."

A year later, she founded the now-defunct Tupac Amaru Shakur Center of Art Center in Stone Mountain, Georgia, to preserve her son's legacy.



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<![CDATA[Sanders Within Striking Distance of Clinton for Ind. Primary]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 05:22:52 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/sanders-clinton-split.jpg

In Indiana, where the latest poll shows Sen. Bernie Sanders within striking distance of Hillary Clinton in Tuesday's primary, Kristen Callihan will not even contemplate a general election without the Vermont senator as the Democratic candidate.

Callihan, a 44-year-old freelance writer from Michigan City, likes Sanders' honesty and integrity, that he is not a flip-flopper, and that he fought for civil rights in the 1960s. Callihan says she is no fan of Sanders’ opponent, Hillary Clinton, nor of Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

"[Sanders] is going to win," she said. "That’s all I’m thinking about."

But can Indiana provide enough of a boost to Sanders, badly behind in the delegate count as he is? If he were to lose, would his supporters back Clinton?

Going into Tuesday’s primary, Clinton leads Sanders by 4 percentage points, 50 percent to 46 percent among likely Democratic primary voters, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll. The poll's margin of error was 4.6 percentage points. As in past contests, Clinton leads with those 45 and older, while Sanders is ahead among younger voters.

Clinton and Sanders likely will divide the Democrats’ 83 delegates in Indiana, and that will do little to change the narrative on the Democratic side, said Lee M. Miringoff, the director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.

Sanders trails significantly in the overall delegate count, with 1,367 of the 2,383 needed to win the nomination, while Clinton has 1,663, according to a count by The Associated Press. Clinton also has 520 superdelegates, who are free to support any candidate, to Sanders' 39.

Among likely Republican primary voters in Indiana, Trump is ahead by 15 points and is positioned to take of all the state’s 57 Republican delegates, a big step toward winning the nomination outright. Trump has 956 of the 1,237 delegates needed to win, after a landslide victory in the New York primary two weeks ago and wins in the five Northeastern states that held contests last week — the so-called "Acela primary," after Amtrak’s Acela Express. That compares to 546 for Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and 153 for Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

"After the Acela primary, there is an aura of inevitability surrounding the Trump and Clinton candidacies," Miringoff said in a statement.

Sanders has acknowledged how difficult it would be to win the 64 percent of remaining delegates he needs to secure the nomination, but he insists he is still in the race, fighting for every vote and delegate, and says the convention will be contested. He held three rallies Monday, the last day before voting.

"It is admittedly a tough hill to climb, but not an impossible one," Sanders told supporters.

But his fundraising has plummeted, off by more than 40 percent in April over March, and he has had to lay off campaign staffers. As Clinton turns her attention increasingly toward the general election, Sanders told a crowd in Evansville, Indiana, on Monday: "Our ideas, the political revolution transforming America, are the ideas for the future of this country and the future of the Democratic Party."

On Sunday night in Detroit, Clinton focused her comments on Trump, not Sanders, in a preview of the general election.

"We cannot let Barack Obama's legacy fall into Donald Trump's hands," she said. "We can't let all the hard work and progress we have achieved over the last seven and a half years be torn away."

Kelly Jay, a musician from South Bend, Indiana, said a debate is raging on Facebook over whether to vote for Clinton should Sanders withdraw. The Clinton campaign has done too much to alienate Sanders supporters, he said.

"I think they’re confident that they can win the general election without the progressive faction of the party," Jay said.

The young people who swarm to the Sanders rallies and favor him over Clinton care about the issues Sanders is addressing: curbing global warming, taking on the enormous inequities between rich and poor, and massive student loans.

"They owe no loyalty to the Democratic Party," Jay said. "And they've said over and over again, 'We don't want Hillary Clinton, we're not going to vote for her.'"

Heath Hensley, a union electrician who lives in Muncie, Indiana, says he was captivated by Sanders the first time he heard him speak and immediately began working to get him on the state’s ballot. A longtime admirer of Eugene Debs, who was a founding member of the Industrial Workers of the World and a presidential candidate for the Socialist party, Hensley, 38, said he was surprised that someone as progressive as Sanders was running for president.

"I’ve just been nuts about him," Hensley said.

Whether or not Sanders wins the nomination, Hensley said he would continue talking about the issues Sanders has raised — including international trade agreements that have harmed American workers — and support progressive candidates for political office. The Democratic Party is abandoning working-class people in favor of college-educated professionals, while the Republicans have nothing to offer labor, he said.

"I don’t want to see Trump get the nomination, but at the same time I didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton in 2008 because I didn’t like her and I didn’t trust her then and I do not plan on voting for her now," Hensley said.

In New York, 23-year-old Carla Cruz was planning to work a phone bank for Sanders in advance of the Indiana primary. She remained hopeful despite Sanders' loss in New York, though she was disturbed by reports of voters dropped from the rolls and being turned away.

She said she also would not vote for Clinton.

"I don't think she's any better than Trump," she said. 

If Sanders fails to win the nomination, Carla Cruz will continue to work to limit the influence of corporations and special interests in elections. 

A suggestion from Trump's campaign manager recently that Sanders' supporters embrace the New York businessman was not met with much enthusiasm. 

"Bernie Sanders has large crowds — not as large as Mr. Trump's, but large crowds — and so there is a level of excitement there for people about his messaging and we will bring those people in," Trump's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told CNN.

Miringoff said how much support Sanders' backers give Clinton will depend on the senator.

"This is all premature," he said. "He will be important in signaling whether it's up to the individual supporters to decide what they want to do or the key thing is to defeat Donald Trump."

Clinton was magnanimous when she lost to President Barack Obama in 2008, he said. But, as an independent, Sanders' ties to the Democratic Party are not as strong.

"We'll just have to see how it all plays out," Miringoff said. "But I suspect he will not be as gracious as she was to Obama in '08."



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<![CDATA[Chemical Found in NY Drinking Water]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 06:05:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/newburgh+water+plant.jpg

A city in New York's Hudson Valley has declared a state of emergency after potentially harmful chemicals were found in one of its drinking water sources. 

Newburgh City Manager Michael G. Ciaravino says perfluorooctane sulfonate, or PFOS, was found in Silver Stream and Washington Lake.

The Newburgh water department is implementing emergency measures to reduce or eliminate PFOS, and the state Department of Environmental Conservation is working to track down and shut down the source, officials say. 

In the meantime, the city is no longer using Lake Washington as its source of drinking water until further notice. Newburgh will be getting its water supply from Brown's Pond and the Catskills Aqueduct in the interim. 

Because the city is using alternative water, residents are being asked to conserve water. Restrictions in place include: no serving water at restaurants except upon request, no watering lawns, no washing cars and no filling up swimming pools. The full list of restrictions can be found here. 

PFOS is classified as an emerging contaminant of concern -- emerging, the EPA says, because a new source or new pathway to humans has been discovered or a new detection method or treatment technology has been developed. 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says some studies have raised concerns about potential developmental, reproductive and other systemic effects of PFOS -- including possible links to the grown of cancerous tumors -- but the agency cautions the studies were limited in scope and some were done only on rodents, so they didn't offer a conclusion for possible effects on humans. 

PFOS is a human-made substance used as a surface-active agent in a variety of products, like firefighting foams, coating additives and cleaning products. PFOS compounds resist typical environmental degradation, and migrate readily from soil to groundwater, where they can be transported long distances, according to EPA. The compounds can grow and accumulate in wildlife. 

PFOS chemicals are no longer manufactured in the U.S., but the EPA allows them in a "few, limited, highly technical applications" where no known alternatives are available. 

PFOS is readily absorbed after oral exposure, the EPA says. Potential pathways include consuming food -- like fish -- and water, use of commercial products or inhalation during long-range air transport. 

The EPA's guideline for health advisories on PFOS is 0.2 micrograms per liter. Ciaravino said the PFOS levels found in Silver Stream and Washington Lake were lower than that, the state DEC and Department of Health are still recommending that it be eliminated or reduced below that threshhold.



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<![CDATA[Tech-Savvy Gang Members]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 04:45:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/0502-2016-Smartphone.jpg

The FBI in its latest national gang report says the use of technology among gang members is creating "unique challenges for law enforcement."

Tech-savvy gang members staying a step ahead of police is also a concern for law enforcement agencies in the Bay Area. Members of San Jose Mayor's Gang Prevention Task Force are not surprised gangs are increasingly using technology and war-time tactics to carry out their crimes.

A former gang member in San Jose also says he is not surprised gang members are using social media and other technology to communicate with each other.

"They think ahead. They're innovators. They are inventors," said Pastor Sonny Lara, who runs the Firehouse Community Development Center in San Jose.

Lara, a former gang member, works to get kids off the streets and provides program to get them back in school.

Gang members are also using old-school, Trojan horse-like methods to attack their enemies, including dressing like them.

"This new trend of wearing the opposing colors and getting closer to the enemy, being able to get to another area, another turf, another barrio without being seen as a red going into a blue territory, or a blue going into red," said Mario Maciel, who directs the San Jose Mayor's Gang Task Force.



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<![CDATA[Padres Injuries Update: Status Report from the Skipper]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 07:26:22 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/177*120/GettyImages-490576632.jpg

The Padres are back at Petco Park this week. Monday the Friars played the first of a seven-game, seven-day homestand with the first of three against the Colorado Rockies.

Before Monday night’s game against Colorado, we saw several familiar faces from the long list of players on the disabled list. Manager Andy Green was excited to see some of his starters out on the field.

Green was upbeat about their progress saying, "We got here early today and had three of the rehab guys out here taking batting practice and actually running on the ground for once. It was exciting to see Cory Spangenberg, and Solarte and Amarista running around, and hopefully those guys are getting close to getting out in the field for us in a game. That gets you optimistic when you see those guys moving."

A refreshing and unexpected sight in the Padres Clubhouse today was that of Austin Hedges. The Padres Minor League catcher had a great spring but ultimately stayed in Triple-A El Paso, falling just shy of making the final roster.

Hedges was doing well with the Chihuahuas until he hurt his hand in late April. What appeared to be a left hand contusion was actually a fractured hamate.

According to Green, Hedges underwent surgery a few days ago here in San Diego and will be working with the Padres.

In what capacity, you ask?

"We brought him around," Green said. "I think he’s going to help and just listen and learn, be part of the advance process a little bit. We’ll get him digging into scouting reports and stuff to just help his education since he can’t technically do anything with his hand."

Hedges was in good spirits and says he’s happy to be around the team. There is no specific date for his return to El Paso but the typical recovery from this type of surgery is anywhere from six to eight weeks.

Hedges, who didn’t seem bothered by his cast, says he’s not focused on the time frame but rather on his progress.

"I’m just doing a little bit each day to try and strengthen up the hand and get back as quick as I can," he said.

Green also touched base on opening day starter Tyson Ross and his progress. Green says Ross is still in the rehab phase where there is no throwing but he is feeling better.

Green is keeping a close eye on Ross’ recovery saying, "I talked to him today and he says he feels great, which is the first time I’ve heard that word come out of him so that’s a good sign. Hopefully here in the near future, the reevaluation period comes and we can get him throwing a baseball."

Green also mentioned pitcher Robbie Erlin underwent an MRI for his strained elbow on Monday morning. The Padres are still waiting for the results.



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<![CDATA[The Padres ‘Pen Was Mightier]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 00:08:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/RyanBuchter.jpg

James Shields pitched pretty well in the month of April but poor run support and a few homers by the opposition saddled him with a 0-4 record out the gate.

May is off to a much better start.

Matt Kemp’s 2-run double proved to be just enough offense to help Shields and the Padres beat Colorado 2-1 on Monday night.

Kemp owns the Rockies. He is a career .314 hitter (177-for-564) against Colorado with 40 doubles, seven triples, 40 homers, 135 RBI and 105 runs scored.

Shields maneuvered his way through 6 innings by scattering 9 hits but only allowing one run. 

He threw 100 pitches and was helped in the 4th inning by a double play turned by Alexei Ramirez. 

The Rockies scratched together one run in the frame but were held at bay the rest of the way.

That’s because the bullpen was on point.

Ryan Buchter and his fastball were fantastic. Buchter struck out the side in the 7th and even hung around to punch out his 4th victim with a K of Carlos Gonzalez in the 8th

Brandon Maurer then entered and coerced the next two outs, setting up closer Fernando Rodney to do his thing in the 9th

Rodney quickly sent his 5th imaginary arrow into the San Diego skyline after nailing down his 5th save of the year. He has yet to allow an earned run this season.

San Diego continues its 7-game homestand Tuesday against the Rockies. 

Andrew Cashner takes the mound at 7:10 p.m. with Eddie Butler getting the nod for Colorado.



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<![CDATA[Teen Hit and Injured on Bike in Oceanside]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 23:30:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/police-tape-lights-generic.jpg

Police were responding to a crash Monday night that injured a 17-year old in Oceanside.

It happened at approximately 9:42 p.m. on Rancho Del Oro Drive near Craven Road just South of Highway 76, police confirmed.

Police say the 17-year old was riding his bicycle inside an apartment complex when he was hit. The driver of the car involved was in the middle of parking.

The teen was conscious when officers arrived and did not have life-threatening injuries, police said.

But officers say he was airlifted to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla as a precaution because of his age.

No other information was immediately available.

Check back for updates on this breaking news story. 



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<![CDATA[Memorial Held for Man Shot and Killed in Emerald Hills]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 22:39:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/emerald+hills+shooting+05011.jpg

Friends and family of a man shot and killed in a park gathered in Emerald Hills to remember him in an emotional vigil Monday night.

46-year old Kevin Spelmon was killed Sunday around 5:16 p.m at Emerald Hills Neighborhood Park on Bethune Court near Kelton Road, according to San Diego Police.

“I'm scared. I don't want to know he was laying there. I don't want to know any of that. I don't want to know he was in pain,” Spelmon’s wife Kelly said.

Police are still searching for the two suspected gunmen, described as 15 to 17 years old.

According to investigators, both suspects walked up Spelmon while he was working on his older model car at the park and opened fire.

Witness say they heard four to eight shots.

“He was just working on his car then we hear firecrackers. That's all we hear, the sound of firecrackers,” witness Lamar Manson said.

Police said the suspects then ran southbound on Kelton Road and may have escaped in a gray colored car, possibly a Nissan.

Friends drove Spelmon to the hospital and he was then transported to another hospital with a trauma center where he later died.

Police are calling this a targeted attack.

"They seemed to just strike the victim, so we do believe he was the target of this attack and the motivation isn’t known at this time," said Lt. Manuel Del Toro.

Investigators say the suspects were wearing dark pants and hoodies.

Anyone with information related to this incident can call the San Diego Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 619-531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.



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<![CDATA[Foster Farms Recalls Chicken Nuggets]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 05:26:39 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2016-05-03-at-8.24.49-AM.jpg

Foster Farms is recalling more than 220,000 pounds of frozen cooked chicken breast nuggets after the company received numerous complaints from customers who said that rubber fragments and plastic were found in the product.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, no one has reported getting sick from eating the nuggets. The recall was enacted on April 29 and limited to the company’s two chicken breast nugget products in Costco stores across Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah and Washington and wholesale stores in California and Arizona.

The products subject to recall include 5-pound bags of Foster Farms' "Breast Nuggets -- Nugget Shaped Breaded Chicken Breast Patties with Rib Meat." The bags exhibit "best by" dates of Feb. 21, 2017, and March 8, 2017. Ten-pound bulk boxes of Foster Farms' "Breast Nuggets -- Nugget Shaped Breaded Chicken Breast Patties with Rib Meat” are also part of the recall. The boxes contain package codes 6053 and 6068.

The poultry company isolated the problem to their home-base farm in Farmerville, Louisiana, the recall notice said. 

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact the Foster Farms Recall hotline at, 1-800-338-8051.

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<![CDATA[Motorcyclist Killed by DUI Suspect in I-5 Crash ID'd]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 20:15:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/I-5+fatal+MC+crash.jpg

A motorcyclist was killed in a crash with a DUI suspect Friday in San Diego's North County.

The deadly collision happened on southbound Interstate 5, south of Poinsettia near Carlsbad, around 3:47 p.m., CHP confirmed.

A 27-year old woman believed to be driving under the influence was changing lanes when she and a motorcyclist collided.

The motorcyclist was thrown off his bike, officials said, landing in brush on the right shoulder of the freeway. The impact caused his helmet to fly off his head.

The motorcyclist was identified by the San Diego County Medical Examiner's office as Jaime Lopez-Martinez. 

CHP says a passerby stopped to help but the motocyclist did not have a pulse. He was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.

The woman, a Los Angeles resident, was arrested for DUI and taken to Vista Detention Facility. She is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

The fatal crash is under investigation. CHP officials said the motorcyclist was splitting lanes at an unknown speed when the crash happened. It is unknown how fast he was traveling



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<![CDATA[Democratic Delegate Caucuses Yield Hard-Working Prospects]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 19:04:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Judy+Ki+Democratic+Possible+Delegate+California.jpg

California is five weeks away from the state's presidential primary, but with the focus on the presidential race, it's easy to forget there are some often overlooked and interesting small contests among those jockeying to be delegates at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia.

On Sunday, dozens won places on the Clinton and Sanders tickets for the state’s June 7th balloting.

The Republican White House candidates file their own slates of proposed delegates in each congressional district, and 10 proposed statewide delegates.

The Democrats held caucuses that turned the wannabe delegates into candidates themselves, doing retail politicking.

One of the top vote-getters on the Clinton side was Poway resident Judy Ki, looking to go to the convention as a Clinton delegate from the 52nd Congressional District.

She sold herself, big-time, to about 300 voters in a Miramar District union hall.

"My margin of victory were my personal friends,” Ki said in an interview Monday. “My hairdresser came out. Some of my neighbors came out."

A long career as a middle school science teacher readied Ki for just the kind of research and presentations that serious politics demands.

“Doing any campaign is logical and sequential. It's like setting up a science experiment," she said. "You do step one, step two, step three, step four, right?"

Ki’s showing at the caucus would seem to make her a lock for Philadelphia in late July -- on her own dime, of course.

Or more accurately, somewhere in the neighborhood of $4,000 -- unless she can partner up for a hotel room.

"The (hotel) room is the most expensive. I don't eat a lot and the flights are fine -- I have lots of mileage,” Ki said with a hearty laugh. “But this is so exciting. This is on my bucket list, believe it or not.”

The second-place finisher at the 52nd District Clinton caucus was Jennifer Campbell, a retired physician who lives in Clairemont.

Her family is steeped in Democratic Party politics; her cousin is David Axelrod who served as President Obama’s campaign manager.

"My mother was a great politician in Colorado, and she was one of the first Democrats for (John F.) Kennedy,” Campbell told NBC 7. “And Kennedy used to call my house when I was a kid -- I talked to him on the phone. And it was just marvelous. And I got to go see his acceptance speech in 1960."

Campbell has met Hillary Clinton at Clinton's home in Washington when she was a senator.

She'd seem to be a no-brainer for delegate-picking by Clinton's team if the Democrats went by California GOP rules – but captured more than enough hearts and minds at Sunday’s Miramar District caucus.

“Well, I was thrilled and surprised, but we did work hard and campaigned,” she said. “There were four of us on the team -- two men, two women -- we worked together. And all of our friends and supporters, people who've known us for years in the Democratic Party came out to support us. And it was just wonderful, a wonderful day."

Campbell also appears to be likely to wind up in Philadelphia, and for the sake of her budget, she has relatives there who could spare her a hotel stay.

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<![CDATA[Selfie Stick Stops Disney Ride]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 04:54:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/california-screamin-selfie.JPG

Riders were stuck on the California Screamin' ride Monday at California Adventure, the sister park to Disneyland, after someone took out a selfie stick and the ride was halted, officials said.

The riders were escorted off the ride by 6 p.m. after waiting for 20 minutes, a Disneyland spokesperson said.

Disneyland officials said someone whipped out a selfie stick, which is banned from the park and rides. 

Disneyland officials said the ride is stopped any time a selfie stick is taken out as it poses a safety risk.

The ride was to resume shortly after evacuating riders. 

Selfie sticks were banned from Disneyland and California Adventure in 2015.

In a similar incident in June, California Screamin' was stopped because a rider pulled out a selfie stick.



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<![CDATA[San Diego Residents Complain About Penalties on Late Bills]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 08:33:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/WEB+Safe+water.jpg

Consumer advocates are accusing San Diego public utility officials of tacking unnecessary fees and penalties onto late bills and shutting off customers' water with no warning.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Utility Consumers' Action Network says the city has been piling on fees and penalties, including years-old parking tickets and library fines, before agreeing to restore water service.

City officials say they try to accommodate customers who experience short-term financial problems, but that water service can't continue indefinitely without bills getting paid.

City spokeswoman Katie Keach says the City Council has recently approved a new program to help provide support to people who cannot keep up with utility costs.

Utility Consumers' Action Network officials say that isn't enough and that the city should stop shutting off water without notice.



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<![CDATA[1 Hurt in Collision With SDPD Patrol Car ]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 08:20:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/paradise-hills-crash-sdpd-patrol-car.jpg

One person was injured when a vehicle collided with a San Diego Police patrol car in Paradise Hills early Monday.

Two cars were involved in the crash near Potomac Street and Paradise Valley Road at 6:11 a.m.

SDPD and San Diego Fire-Rescue crews responded.

The driver of the civilian car was taken to a nearby hospital with what officials described as minor injuries.

The officer was not injured.

San Diego Police traffic officers are investigating the cause of the crash.



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<![CDATA[Worker Burned Trying to Extinguish Fire at Cabinet Shop]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 20:29:23 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/522016+Chula+Vista+Commercial+Fire.jpg

A worker suffered burns Monday after a fire sparked in a shop's paint booth and he attempted to put it out, officials said. 

The fire broke out around 4:27 p.m. Monday on the 100 block of N Glover Avenue at the site of a cabinet shop, fire officials said. It was put out shortly after. 

Chula Vista Fire Department (CVFD), San Diego Fire-Rescue (SDFD) and National City Fire Department (NCFD) officials responded to the fire, arriving to find the paint booth inside the shop engulfed in fire. 

As the man tried to put out the fire, he got burned. 

Smoke and fire could be seen from an attached shed.

The man was taken to the UC San Diego Burn Center, authorities said. It is unclear how severe the burn injuries are. 

No other information was immediately available.



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<![CDATA[Woman Meets Rescuer]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 16:39:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/baby+mary+grace.png

It was just two years ago that 20-year-old Morgan Hill learned she had been the subject of major news headlines across Chicago as an infant.

In October 1995, Hill, who was a newborn, was left for dead by her mother in a dumpster in suburban Hoffman Estates. She was rescued by a construction worker who was dropping off garbage. 

“He was dropping off the last load of trash from the construction area he was working on,” Hill said. “Before he dropped it in, he heard a whimper. He found a white kitchen bag that was double knotted.” 

Hill was taken to a nearby hospital, where nurses named her Mary Grace. She was later adopted and became Morgan Hill.

After learning the story of how she was saved, Hill set out to find the construction worker who saved her. 

“I have known I was adopted my entire life,” she said. “But two years ago I found the full story, and I have been trying to find that construction worker ever since.” 

NBC affiliate KHSB tracked down the construction worker, Gerald Rocky Hyatt, and on April 20 Hill was reunited with the man she now calls her “guardian angel.”

“I broke into tears and the first thing I said was, ‘Thank you,’” Hill said. “He said to me, ‘Baby girl, you are so loved.’" 

Then he gave Hill an angel pin he has had for more than 20 years.

"I've worn it every day since," Hill said. 

Hill’s adoptive mother, Sandi Hill, has kept many of the clippings about baby Mary Grace in a binder. This month, she added a picture given to her by the construction worker, whom she credits with giving her the daughter she always wanted.

“Rocky said God brought us together and he was so right,” she said. 

Morgan Hill said she’s not only grateful to Hyatt for saving her life, but she hopes her story will help save others. 

“I could not thank him enough,” Hill said. “He gave me a chance to live a second life. Because if he didn't find me, I would not be here to help others and show soon-to-be mothers that there are so many options out there and you don't have to throw your baby away.”



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<![CDATA[Few Clues in Mysterious Boot and Leg Bone]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 14:39:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Carlsbad-Police-Boot-Severed-Foot-031616.jpg

Officials are still trying to identify the person connected with a leg bone found inside a boot that washed ashore in Carlsbad.

A black rubber boot with a leg and foot bones were found approximately 70 yards south of the beach access stairs off Carlsbad Village Drive and Ocean Street in March.

In a report released Monday by the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office, investigator say the bone comes from a mature man based on its size.

They are unable to identify the ethnicity of the deceased but say a feature often found in skeletons of Asian or Native American ancestry is not present in the tibia.

The leg bone was covered by a basic tube sock. The boot was not deteriorated but officials estimate the bones were dry so the person may have been dead for many months.

Using the measurement of the bone, the medical examiner estimated the deceased to be an estimated 6-foot, 1-inch tall give or take 2.5 inches.

The medical examiner believes the cause of death is likely drowning but the investigation is ongoing.

The victim's family has not yet been notified.



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<![CDATA['Biggest Loser' Study Shows How Your Body Fights Against Weight Loss]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 14:17:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/DannyCahill-138373183.jpg

Your body doesn't want you to lose all that weight. 

A study that followed 14 of the 16 contestants from Season 8 of "The Biggest Loser" six years after the season ended has detailed just how the body fights against efforts to keep off the pounds. 

"The key point is that you can be on TV, you can lose enormous amounts of weight, you can go on for six years, but you can't get away from a basic biological reality," Michael Schwartz, an obesity and diabetes researcher, explained to The New York Times. "As long as you are below your initial weight, your body is going to try and get you back."

The study, published by the medical research journal "Obesity," focused on resting metabolic rate (RMR), which slows with weight loss, and whether or not slowing of RMR persisted over long periods of time.

The study hypothesized that the degree of that metabolic adaptation would be correlated with weight gain. Virtually all of the contestants put significant weight back on in the last six years, but the troubling part for the researchers was that their RMR remained quite low, not returning to their pre-"Biggest Loser" levels.

Danny Cahill, who won Season 8, dropped from 430 pounds down to 191 pounds during the show. He is now back up to 295. But his metabolism now burns 800 fewer calories per day than would be typical for a man of his size, making it more difficult to maintain or reduce weight.

Dina Mercado had a similar experience. She was 248 pounds before "The Biggest Loser" and 173.5 pounds at the finale. She is now back up to 205, but is, like Cahill, burning calories at a reduced rate relative to her size. She should be able to metabolize an additional 437.9 per day.

The study concluded that "long term weight loss requires vigilant combat against persistent metabolic adaptation that acts to proportionally counter ongoing efforts to reduce body weight."



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<![CDATA[SDSU Protesters Meet With University President]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 13:55:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SDSU-President-Protest-042816.jpg

Protesters who surrounded San Diego State University's president as he left his office last week met Monday with administrators.

Students from SDSU’s Justice in Palestine and Muslim Student Association met with university leaders, including President Elliot Hirshman, to discuss signs that were posted throughout campus.

Last week, students swarmed President Hirshman after administrators did not openly condemn the posters, which identified specific individuals as terrorists or terrorist enthusiasts.

After Monday's meeting, a joint statement was released concluding the conference allowed both sides to express concerns as well as agree that protecting members of SDSU is a priority.

“We concluded by agreeing that in cases where racism, islamophobia, misogyny, homophobia and all forms of bigotry result, we abhor the content of such expressions, even as we recognize the protected status of these expressions,” read the university’s statement.

The signs were originally created by the David Horowitz Freedom Center, which describes themselves on their website as an organization that "combats the efforts of the radical left and its Islamist allies to destroy American values and disarm this country as it attempts to defend itself in a time of terror."

Moving forward, student organizations such as the Muslim Student Association, Associated Students and the University Senate will work together to review the school’s guidelines to allow freedom of expression while also protecting members of the community from harassment.

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<![CDATA['Trump Fence' Becomes Magnet For Selfies]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 13:10:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/WEB+TRUMP+JUMP_19182201+%281%29.gif

Who knew that a dull grey concrete barrier along U.S. 101 in Burlingame, California near the San Francisco International Airport would become a tourist attraction?

But it has.

After Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was forced to negotiate an unorthodox entrance – hopping a fence off the highway, essentially - into the California GOP Convention on Friday, looky-loos have started to visit there to snap selfies.

The political Calbuzz blog on Saturday captured one such family – a man and three children – taking pictures by the so-called “Trump Fence” to document the historical concrete barrier, where Caltrans has been working to widen the highway.

“They’re kind of liberal,” the unnamed father told Calbuzz of the kids. “It’s important for them to see this.”

For his part, Trump has capitalized on entering the Hyatt Regency via highway entrance because he was blocked by protesters who were carrying signs that read “Stop Hate,” and “Suck it, Trump.”

He got a lot of laughs when he kicked off his speech by joking: "I felt like I was crossing the border."



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<![CDATA[Fire Damages Ocean Beach Apartment Complex]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 08:18:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/San-Diego-Fire-Ocean-Beach-050216.jpg

More than a dozen people had to leave their homes in the middle of the night after fire damaged an apartment complex in Ocean Beach.

San Diego Fire-Rescue crews were called to Del Monte Avenue at 12:30 a.m. for smoke pouring out of a wall.

Firefighters put out the small fire, but the structure was the main concern.

Officials say it appeared the garage was sagging.

Firefighters told 20 people to leave their homes while an engineer was called to make sure the building was OK.

After a couple hours, people were allowed back in.



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<![CDATA[Sports Authority Plans to Auction Assets]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 10:25:41 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/sportsauthorityGettyImages-513327988.jpg

National retail chain Sports Authority's future looks pretty bleak. 

The company announced in early March that it planned to close 140 of its 463 stores and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Delaware, using the store closings to attempt to save its finances.

But just last week, Sports Authority indicated that it's giving up on that plan and is choosing to auction itself off instead, according to Fortune. Despite media reports over the weekend, the company has not said whether it will shutter its entire fleet of stores, Fortune reported. 

There are a total of nine Sports Authority locations in San Diego County, and in March, the chain said it planned to shutter seven of them.

The full list of stores set to closed has not yet been announced.

The closures leave the sporting goods selection bleak for San Diego shoppers. Last month, the Sports Chalet, a longtime staple, announced plans to close three local locations.

Company lawyer Robert Klyman spoke on Sports Authority's future at a U.S. Bankruptcy Court hearing in Delaware last week.

"It has become apparent that the debtors will not reorganize under a plan but instead will pursue a sale," he said, according to The Wall Street Journal

A court supervised auction for the company's assets will be held on May 16, Fortune reported. The retail chain holds more than $1.1 billion in debt, and may be using the sale to help save its remaining stores.

NBC has reached out to Sports Authority for comment.



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<![CDATA[Memorial Benches Planned for Artist Killed in Maui]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 11:58:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/encinitas-park-050216.jpg

Friends and family of a former Encinitas resident are planning to install memorial benches in his honor after the news that he was killed on Maui over the weekend.

Michael Colby, 39, was found dead March 18 near Ka‘a Point, just west of Kanaha Beach.

On Friday, a 16-year-old boy was arrested in the case. The following day, Maui police arrested Healohaomakanaamekai Akahi Pua, 24. Pua faces charges of second-degree murder and is being held on $1 million bail.

Colby’s friends raised money to hold memorial tributes to Colby in Maui and Encinitas, where he lived five years ago before moving to Hawaii.

The artist had an Etsy profile that described his artwork as plain air, water color landscapes and life drawing.

So his friends and family are working to install benches in his name in Maui and at Orpheus Park in Encinitas.

The Maui bench dedication event will be on August 17. A date for an Encinitas ceremony was still to be determined.

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<![CDATA[Shots Fired in Park Kill Man Working on Car ]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 07:34:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/emerald+hills.PNG

Two suspects are on the run after what police are calling a targeted attack in Emerald Hills. 

According to investigators, two gunmen walked up to a man working on his older model car in Emerald Hills Park and opened fire around 5 p.m. Sunday.

Witnesses described hearing four to eight shots.

One woman who didn’t want to be identified said she was walking to the park to meet some friends when the gunshots erupted.

"I was trying to figure out if they were those little fire crackers you throw on the ground and they pop. That’s what it sounded like at first," she told NBC 7. 

San Diego Police said the suspects ran southbound on Kelton Road and may have escaped in a gray colored car, possibly a Nissan.

According to investigators the two gunmen were described as 15 to 17 years old.

Friends drove the 46-year-old victim, who is not yet being identified, to the hospital where he later died.

"They seemed to just strike the victim, so we do believe he was the target of this attack and the motivation isn’t known at this time," said Lt. Manuel Del Toro.

Investigators said the suspects were wearing dark pants and hoodies.

The location of the park is on Bethune Court near Kelton Road, south of State Route 94.

Anyone with information related to this incident can call the San Diego Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 619-531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.



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<![CDATA[Man Killed in North County Crash Identified]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 20:11:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Vista-San-Marcos-Crash-050116.jpg

One person died and three others were injured in a multiple-car crash in the North County Sunday.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) were called at 8 p.m. to the scene of the crash along Buena Creek Road near N Twin Oaks Valley Road between Vista and San Marcos, north of State Route 78.

A 29-year-old Oceanside man, identified as Axel Calderon, died when his 1986 Toyota Corolla Sport crossed the double yellow line and collided head on into a 2010 Kia Rondo, CHP officers said.

The force of the crash pushed the Kia into two other vehicles.

The driver and passenger in the Kia were rushed to Palomar Hospital with what officials described as moderate injuries.

No other drivers were injured.

Antonio Balderas said hiis mother-in-law was able to walk away from the crash.  Her truck landed in a neighbor's yard. 

"When I got the phone call I was worried if she was okay," Balderas said. "Knowing that some person died, it's just shocking." 

Buena Creek Road was closed for hours between Casseu Road and North Twin Oaks Road the Department of Public Works said.

Neighbors said these types of crashes happen too often in the area. 

It's unclear if alcohol was a factor in the crash. CHP is investigating the cause of the crash. 



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<![CDATA[Sports Authority to Auction Assets on May 16]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 14:26:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/sportsauthorityGettyImages-513327988.jpg

National retail chain Sports Authority's future looks pretty bleak. 

The company announced in early March that it planned to close 140 of its 463 stores and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Delaware, using the store closings to attempt to save its finances.

But just last week, Sports Authority indicated it's giving up on that plan and choosing to auction itself off, according to Fortune. Despite media reports over the weekend, the company has not said whether it will shutter its entire fleet of stores, Fortune reported. 

Sports Authority told NBC in a statement Monday, "we are no longer pursuing the standalone Plan of Reorganization track because we could not get our lenders to agree on the terms of such a Plan."

The company added that it's "focusing solely" on the Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) track and "pursuing a sale of some or all of the business."

The company said a number potential buyers have expressed interest in the sale. 

Sports Authority also said it will be moving forward with the plan to close about 140 stores and that the "outcome of the M&A process will determine whether any additional store closings will be required."

A court-supervised auction for the company's assets will be held on May 16, Fortune reported. The retail chain holds more than $1.1 billion in debt, and may be using the sale to help save its remaining stores.



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<![CDATA[Video Captures Large Crash at NYC Bike Race]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 10:47:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/bike+crash+feuerherd.jpg

A stalled motorcycle caused a large pile-up near the start of the last event of the Red Hook Criterium bike race in Brooklyn Saturday night, according to video of the crash.

The video shows a pacer motorcycle stall in the path of the race soon after the bikers took off. The motorcyclist looks back, but does not dismount from his bike while cyclists swerve to avoid him.

One of the racers then hits the motorcyclist, crashing to the ground and causing what appears to be dozens of cyclists to hit the pavement.

According to Gothamist, seven riders were taken to an area hospital after the crash. The worst injury was reportedly a broken arm. 

The Red Hook Criterium has been raced in Brooklyn since 2008. Bikers in the race pedal fixed-gear bikes around a brakeless track, according to the race's website. 



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